Lighting for low ceilings is a design challenge; not enough lighting and the room feels dark and oppressive. The best solution is to fool the eye into thinking the ceilings are higher with the right kind of lighting.
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Avoid downward facing lighting; choose lighting that reflects on the ceiling, drawing the eye upward. Tall floor lamps will focus the direction of the light closer to the ceiling. Bright painted ceilings will help in distributing the light.
Recessed lighting is an excellent choice for ceilings; this opens the room up instead of closing it off with low hanging lights. While these require more installation, they offer the biggest payoff, and the slim design prevents the room from appearing cluttered.
Install sconces along the wall, evenly spaced or in groups. Sconces provide uplighting, giving the impression of a higher ceiling. Sconces should be placed slightly higher than would seem normal to achieve the best effect.
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